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Decolonizing Development in Diné Bikeyah: Resource Extraction, Anti-Capitalism, and Relational Futures

Decolonizing Development in Diné Bikeyah: Resource Extraction, Anti-Capitalism, and Relational... Decolonizing Development in Diné Bikeyah Resource Extraction, Anti-Capitalism, and Relational Futures Melanie K. Yazzie ABSTRACT: In this article, I examine the anti-capitalist and antidevelopment politics that Diné resisters espouse in their critiques of resource extraction in the Navajo Nation. I argue that existing anthropological and historical studies about Diné resistance min- imize the specifi cally anti-capitalist character of this resistance by erasing the capital- ist underpinnings of development. I draw from Indigenous feminists, Native studies scholars, and Diné land defenders to argue that development in the form of resource extraction is a violent modality of capitalism that seeks to kill Diné life. In response to this death drive, Diné resisters have created a politics of relational life to challenge and oppose development. I examine the historical and material conditions that have given rise to this politics of relational life and suggest its central role in invigorating anti- capitalist decolonization struggles. KEYWORDS: capitalism, colonialism, Diné/Navajo, Indigenous feminism, liberalism, resistance, resource extraction, settler development Development, Decolonization, and National Liberation With this article, I hope to make a signifi cant contribution both to the traditions of Diné resis- tance that seek to carry Diné life into the future and to the careful http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environment and Society Berghahn Books

Decolonizing Development in Diné Bikeyah: Resource Extraction, Anti-Capitalism, and Relational Futures

Environment and Society , Volume 9 (1) – Sep 1, 2018

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Berghahn Books
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2150-6779
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2150-6787
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10.3167/ares.2018.090103
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Abstract

Decolonizing Development in Diné Bikeyah Resource Extraction, Anti-Capitalism, and Relational Futures Melanie K. Yazzie ABSTRACT: In this article, I examine the anti-capitalist and antidevelopment politics that Diné resisters espouse in their critiques of resource extraction in the Navajo Nation. I argue that existing anthropological and historical studies about Diné resistance min- imize the specifi cally anti-capitalist character of this resistance by erasing the capital- ist underpinnings of development. I draw from Indigenous feminists, Native studies scholars, and Diné land defenders to argue that development in the form of resource extraction is a violent modality of capitalism that seeks to kill Diné life. In response to this death drive, Diné resisters have created a politics of relational life to challenge and oppose development. I examine the historical and material conditions that have given rise to this politics of relational life and suggest its central role in invigorating anti- capitalist decolonization struggles. KEYWORDS: capitalism, colonialism, Diné/Navajo, Indigenous feminism, liberalism, resistance, resource extraction, settler development Development, Decolonization, and National Liberation With this article, I hope to make a signifi cant contribution both to the traditions of Diné resis- tance that seek to carry Diné life into the future and to the careful

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Environment and SocietyBerghahn Books

Published: Sep 1, 2018

Keywords: capitalism;colonialism;Diné/Navajo;Indigenous feminism;liberalism;resistance;resource extraction;settler development

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